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Illinois Talking Books

Illinois Talking Books


If you need help setting up Talking Books please contact Iyy at 615-566-2562 ext 101 or


Talking Books provides library service to Illinois residents who are unable to read print due to a visual or physical impairment. Accessible materials (digital audio and braille books and magazines) are conveniently mailed to and from our patrons wherever they reside, and the program is tax supported so there is never any out-of-pocket expense for postage or materials.  

Talking Book programs are available nationwide through a network of libraries and service organizations administered by the Library of Congress through the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The Illinois Network of Talking Book and Braille Libraries involves collaboration between two organizations:

  • Illinois State Library Talking Book and Braille Service – Acts as the Regional Library, houses the collection, serves Chicago residents, and distributes the digital players.
  • Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center – An advisory outreach center providing reader advisory and outreach services to all Illinois residents outside the city of Chicago.